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Creating a screencast on Linux with xvidcap: a free open source screencasting tool

Yesterday I wrote about my screencast production adventures. For a screencast demo I was working on I explored all the FLOSS screencasting tools I could find including RecordMyDesktop, and Istanbul. They all suck by varying degrees but xvidcap, though it doesn't look like much, definitely sucked the least.

If the binary package for your distribution crashes and burns try building xvidcap from the sources on Sourceforge (not the same as the *.orig tarball from the Ubuntu package for some reason). That usually produces something usable.

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Screencast production: Lessons learned from the making of my first screencasting


The following post summarizes the lessons I learned from my first serious Linux screencasting attempt, which was also my first foray into the world of open source audio video editing.

The first thing you need to know about screencast production, is that like pretty much anything worth doing, doing at a high level of quality is harder than it looks.